Jill Biden will visit Connecticut and Pennsylvania on Wednesday to tout the president’s plan to reopen schools as the first lady is making her influence felt in her husband’s administration.
She will visit Meriden, Connecticut, the hometown of newly-confirmed Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, who will travel with her. The two will visit Benjamin Franklin Elementary School.
Cardona served as a fourth-grade teacher, principal and an assistant superintendent for Meriden Public Schools before joining the Biden administration.
The duo also will visit Fort LeBoeuf Middle School in Waterford, Pennsylvania.
‘They will be having a conversation at the schools that they’re visiting that have reopened – about what has been effective, what has worked, what are the lessons learned, what do they need more assistance with, and certainly that is information that they will take back with them,’ White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at her briefing on Tuesday.
President Joe Biden has pushed to reopen schools for in-person education. Cardona will play a central role in making that happen. And Biden’s COVID relief plan includes $130 billion for the nation’s schools to help them with costs associated with reopening, such as extra cleaning, more classrooms needed for social distancing and mental health services.